The Gendarme's Mark T. Mustian on a Corollary to the Franzen/Piccoult-Weiner Controversy


As we noted on MondayMark T. Mustian's The Gendarme tackles those most difficult of subjects for fiction: genocide, war, cruelty, and love. Narrated by the 92-year-old Emmett Conn, a Turkish immigrant to the United States, the novel follows Conn from the present into the past and a welter of ever-clearer memories of the protagonist's role in the Armenian genocide in 1915. The novel comes with glowing blurbs from the likes of Robert Olen Butler, Bob Shacochis, Sandra Dallis, and Atom Egoyan, and already has been picked up for reprint in several countries, including Greece, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Israel, and France.

We've heard from Mustian about his omnivoracious reading and on research and experience. Here's his final piece, on part-time writers. Thanks to Mustian for a week of interesting posts.

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Huh. If I saw on a jacket that the author had worked in TV for twenty years, I'd be interested. Depends on where they worked, obviously, but there's some fantastic writing in television these days, and at least 5 tv writers and show runners I could name off the top of my head who I'd love to see a novel from.

Posted by: anon | Tuesday September 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

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